Is there anything worse thing to clean than dirty blinds? Get clean blinds fast with these tips for one of our least favorite household chords!
Surprising DIY Blinds Duster
This may surprise you, but you have an easy blinds cleaner every time your kid asks you to cut the crusts off his sandwich. Yes, you can use bread crusts to clean blinds. Just hold a piece of crust around each slat, then run it along the length of the blinds applying pressure to both the top and the bottom. It sounds a little crazy, but if you do this regularly you’ll never have to take the a chunk of time to clean the blinds later!
Quick Blinds Cleaners
If your blinds just need a good dusting, use a dry paintbrush to easily get between the slats. For heavier jobs, wrap the ends of kitchen tongs in an rags or towels and secure them with rubber bands, then dip in rubbing alcohol or your favorite cleaner, close the blinds, and go to it! The tongs make it easy to get on both sides of the blinds at the same time.
For Seriously Dirty Blinds
If your blinds are covered in dirt and grime, sometimes it’s easier to take them down entirely. Then, simply fill a bathtub with water and add a generous amount of white vinegar or your favorite household cleanser. Throw the blinds in and agitate the water until the dirt washes away. Shake them out well and hang them up wet. There may be a few streaks once they’ve air-dried, but they’re nearly impossible to spot.
How to Clean Pull Cords
Your blinds look great, but what about those pull cords, grimy from years of greasy hands? Get them clean again with this simple trick. Get a stepladder or something the same height as the top of the blinds (where the pull cord begins). Fill a jar with cold water and add a tablespoon of bleach or other cleaner. Pull your blinds up so the maximum amount of cord possible is exposed. Rest the jar on top of the ladder and soak the cord for two to three hours. When you’re done, transfer the cord to a jar of water to rinse, then pat dry with some rags or towels.
Cleaning Aluminum Blinds
Aluminum blinds are great for keeping out light, but they can be hard to clean! The easiest way to clean smudges off aluminum blinds is with a pencil eraser. An art-gum eraser (which can be found at art or office supply stores) works best.
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